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Normalized evaluation of the performance, capacity and availability of catalogue services: a pilot study based on INfrastruture for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe (INSPIRE)



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal of Digital Earth
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Earth magnetism, geography
Keywords metadata; quality; evaluation; spatial data infrastructures; INSPIRE; Catalogue service for Web
Description Geographic information has a great potential to be re-used when supported by mechanisms for its discovery. Above all, the quality of a catalogue service is the key feature supporting users in the discovery process. So far, there have been in existence various methodologies dealing with the normalized evaluation of quality with respect to catalogue services. Their biggest weakness seems to be in the depth of quality testing, i.e. some influences are beyond the scope of evaluation of these methodologies with respect to quality in catalogue services. In this study, the quality of 45 catalogue services across Europe was verified with the proposed normalized evaluation methodology originating from documents within the INSPIRE framework. This paper discusses the (statistical) influence of factors that may significantly change the results of catalogue service testing. The proposals for improving the existing INSPIRE normalized evaluation procedure are applicable for any spatial data infrastructure and/or Digital Earth component using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW) as a basis.
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